MCC invites you to a free six-part webinar series on immigration and border realities. Join MCC staff and partners in the field who will provide insight into the current reality of the U.S. immigration and border crisis. We will seek to understand in a comprehensive way the complexities along the southern U.S. border, the sister communities affected by it and the different ongoing narratives about migration. Explore the role we in faith-based communities can play to witness, provide support, raise awareness and advocate for the most vulnerable.  Interpretación al Español Disponible.

Webinar: Immigration in times of COVID-19

Those who were already vulnerable before this crisis began face even greater risks during this pandemic. Media coverage has focused on contagion and death rates, while setting aside immigration and border news coverage.

In this webinar, we'll talk with MCC staff and partners from around the country. They provide current information and answer questions such as: What is happening? How are organizations and faith communities responding? How are policies and protocols affecting these populations? How can we get involved and support their work during this time?

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
Time: 2PM EST – 1PM CST – 12PM MST – 11AM PST

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Webinar: Border realities

On March 21st, 2020 the U.S. government closed the border to block the entrance to anyone seeking entry without proper documentation. This has forced many immigrants into precarious situations, including more exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent policies such as metering and the Migrant Protection Protocols or “Remain in Mexico” have created enormous backlogs of people who are waiting to enter the U.S.

In this webinar, we'll talk with MCC staff and partners, from across the southern U.S. Border, who will report from their fields and provide current information on what is happening with migrant communities at the border.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
Time: 2PM EST – 1PM CST – 12PM MST – 11AM PST
 

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Webinar: Asylum

In recent years thousands of people have fled persecution and arrived to the U.S. to apply for asylum. Asylum seekers must navigate a difficult and complex process that can involve multiple government agencies. Those granted asylum can apply to live in the United States permanently, receive certain benefits, and be reunited with their family members.

In this webinar, we'll talk with MCC staff and partners from around the country, who will provide current information and educational tools to understand asylum. They will answer questions such as: How are organizations and faith communities responding? How are policies and protocols affecting those seeking asylum in the current context? And what are some ways in which each of us can get involved and better support those seeking asylum?

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Time: 2PM EST – 1PM CST – 12PM MST – 11AM PST

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Webinar: Church efforts to address immigration

Before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, churches across the U.S. have been providing safe shelter and filling needs of immigrants and asylum seekers, while also advocating for immigration policies and protocols to change.

In this webinar we will talk with MCC staff, partners and church leaders from around the country, who will provide current information on what is happening and how things in light of COVID-19? How are faith communities responding? How are policies and protocols affecting these ministries? And, what are some ways in which each of us can get involved and support their work during this time?

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Time: 2PM EST – 1PM CST – 12PM MST – 11AM PST
 

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Webinar: MCC’s migration work in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala/El Salvador

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the United States; Mexico and Central American countries have taken serious approaches to keep their communities healthy. Strict curfews and a halt to international flights are measures that have been set in place to slow the spread of the virus. However, large amounts of immigrants detained in the U.S. have become exposed to the virus and continue to be deported to these Latin American countries. Because of social distancing efforts little to no access to social services or humanitarian aid is available to the returned migrants as they continue to arrive in countries that have dramatically changed.

This webinar will discuss questions such as: How are MCC workers and partners in Latin America being affected by COVID-19? How are U.S. policies and protocols affecting the spread of the virus among this vulnerable population? How are organizations and faith communities responding? And how can each of us get involved and support their work during this time?

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
Time: 2PM EST – 1PM CST – 12PM MST – 11AM PST

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Webinar: Church-based immigration legal services

In this webinar, we'll explore one very tangible way to express love for newcomers - by providing affordable, trustworthy and competent Immigrant Legal Services. Churches and their volunteers and/or staff can receive credentialing from the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and lawfully provide legal advice and assistance with immigration forms. This is known as the recognition and accreditation process (R&A). An individual does not have to be an attorney in order to practice immigration law. The Federal Government, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) allows accredited, non-lawyers associated with non-profit organizations to practice immigrant law upon DOJ approval.

This webinar will answer questions such as: What are the requirements to become recognized by the Department of Justice? How can my church set up an Immigrant Legal Services program?

In collaboration with our partners from World Relief, we'll explore these questions and provide tools that will help you and your congregation explore the possibilities.


Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Time: 2PM EST – 1PM CST – 12PM MST – 11AM PST

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